A private healthcare provider has launched a new service which it hopes will help relieve the pressure on overstretched GP surgeries across Northern Ireland.
In a first for the province, it is now possible to access medical advice from a GP by visiting one of the participating high street pharmacists.
Patients go online to speak to a GP who can then offer advice on treatment, write a prescription or even refer the person to a consultant.
It is thought the new service, being implemented by 3fivetwo Group in conjunction with MediCare pharmacies, will help to reduce waiting times for appointments to see GPs and will allow people to speak to a family doctor at a time that is convenient to them.
Within a matter of months it will be possible to use the online service from any location in the world.
Read more: The Belfast Telegraph